Intravenous news: Infection Control Today report “The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is now disclosing for the first time how hospitals across the country compare when it comes to central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units. CLABSI information for each hospital is posted on the federal Hospital Compare website and will be updated quarterly. The website will provide information for other hospital-acquired infections in the future.
National hospital infection reporting follows a multi-year campaign by Consumers Union and other consumer advocates to mandate such disclosure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 100,000 people die each year due to hospital-acquired infections and the hospital costs associated with these infections are estimated to be as high as $45 billion annually.
Consumer advocates across the nation have worked tirelessly to end the secrecy over hospital infection rates, says Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumers Unions Safe Patient Project (www.SafePatientProject.org). This is a milestone for patient safety that begins to make hospitals accountable for the two million patients who are infected each year. Finally, Americans in all 50 states will be able to find out how well their hospital prevents these particular infections. Public disclosure drives hospitals to improve care and helps patients choose hospitals with better safety records.
Consumers Union, the nonprofit advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has prepared a set of tips for accessing the CLABSI information on Hospital Compare website.”